Rebecca ZahauSan Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said investigators had ruled out foul play in the death of Rebecca Zahau, 32, shown in this undated photograph released by the San Diego County Sheriff Department September 2, 2011. Zahau was found dead, July 13, dangling by her neck from a courtyard balcony at the landmark Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, an upscale island beach resort.
China labors knocks at door of New Zealand
New Zealand, be short of workforce, become a goal of China who are seeking the ways for its superfluous skilled labors in the world.
Two nations are negotiating a free trade agreement, Beijing's Commerce Minister Bo Xilai suggested that China had skilled labor that could fill up the gaps in New Zealand's labor market. But Trade Minister Phil Goff on Wednesday said that was unlikely to happen unless China reciprocated by opening up its services sector.
It (China) is entitled to make the request but this does not indicate the request will be met, Goff said.
The minister said the government would not do anything hurting the wages and conditions of New Zealand workers.
On the contrary, the opposition Green Party said worsen local working conditions.
I think this question can be discussed between the two sides on the basis of mutual benefit, Bo told the New Zealand Herald newspaper Monday, after meeting with Goff in the northern city of Auckland.
But untill now, there has been no indication that China plans to open up its market to New Zealand service industries like insurance, banking and education, Goff said. said.
BofA modifies 56,000 mortgages under govt program
Bank of America Corp said on Thursday that it had modified roughly 56,000 customer mortgages so far this year under the primary U.S. government program aimed at preventing bank foreclosures.
The largest U.S. consumer bank said it had permanently amended nearly 24,000 customer mortgages in April under the U.S. government's Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP.
It has completed 600,000 modifications since the beginning of 2008, through a mix of government and bank-sponsored programs.
The government program allows a qualifying borrower to enter into a temporary mortgage modification through the bank, which then modifies the loan permanently after the three-month trial period.
Some politicians and consumer advocates have criticized the HAMP program -- which provides banks incentives to adjust delinquent mortgages -- for not doing enough to stem the tide of U.S. foreclosures.
Bank of America, one of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders, has been the recipient of much of that criticism.
Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan was both chastised and praised by homeowners at the company's annual meeting in April for its mortgage modification efforts.
Since taking the CEO post on January 1, Moynihan has called the effort to stem the tide of U.S. foreclosures one of the bank's main operational challenges.
Earlier this year, the bank announced plans to cut the principal due for a small subset of subprime mortgages.
Shares of Bank of America were down 4 cents at $17.03 in early trading.
This year there were several legal cases that tugged on the heart strings of America and those outside the nation.
There was public outcry when Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
There were cases such as the Amanda Knox trial that made America rejoice when she was acquitted of murder. Then there were others that made people cringe when they heard of the gruesome crime committed. One such case was the murder of the Petit family in Connecticut.
The details revealed in the December sentencing of Joshua Komisarjevsky, one of the men sentenced to death for the murder of that family were very gruesome. Komisarkevsky, 31, was found guilty of sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Michaela Petit and also for the murder of Hayley Petit, 17, and her mother Jennifer Hawke-Petit.
Then there were the cases that involve political figures, which left the public ashamed of public figures.
There was the case involving a disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich also lost his place in office and was sentence on corruption charges.
The world of college football was also rocked by scandals as former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting at least eight young boys.
Start the slideshow to see these and other controversial legal cases of 2011.